May and her husband did an interview on the BBC’s The One Show on Tuesday, and her eccentric taste in footwear came up. In response to the host’s question of whether she wished the whole obsession with her shoes were just left behind and out of politics, she said, “I like my nice shoes, and it gives me a reason to go and buy some more.”
A woman after our own heart.
However, May claimed that her shoe influence does have a “serious side to it,” apparently. Four or five years ago, she recalled, “I was in the lift in the House of Commons and there was a young woman in the lift and I happened to look down and said, ‘Oh, nice pair of shoes.’ And she said, ‘I like your shoes.’ And then she looked at me and she said, ‘Your shoes got me involved in politics.'”
May concluded, proudly, “There was somebody who, through something quite sort of normal, just seeing me dressed in shoes, she got into politics and is now working for the House of Commons.”
Now, we of all people know the power of a good pair of shoes. But Twitter is calling May out on her story. “A young woman got involved in politics because of Theresa May’s nice shoes! Oh yay. It’s hard enough to be taken seriously here,” one Twitter user pointed out. “People don’t go into politics because an MP wears overpriced shoes,” wrote another.
@BBCTheOneShow Sad day for BBC coming up with this bilge people don't go into politics because an MP wears overpriced shoes
— Jane Downey (@janefd) May 10, 2017
— Ellie Mae O'Hagan (@MissEllieMae) May 9, 2017
Can the woman who was inspired into politics by Theresa May's shoes step forward please
— Fatima Manji (@fatimamanji) May 9, 2017
"A young woman got involved in politics because of Theresa May's nice shoes!"
Oh yay. It's hard enough to be taken seriously here.
— ???????????????? (@LoyaulteMeLie) May 10, 2017
Woman to Theresa May: "Your shoes got me involved in politics!"
Funny, watching you trample the poor in them kinda piqued my interest too.
— Craig Smith (@Smicht) May 9, 2017
My shoes (who have never voted before) are voting for Corbyn 'cos Theresa May has less personality than a pair of flip flops.
— Mickey Lousé (@miserablesatire) May 11, 2017
— Macclabour (@MaccLabour) May 10, 2017
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) May 10, 2017
I had this really bizarre dream last night that Theresa May claimed her shoes inspired someone in a lift to get involved in politics!!!
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 10, 2017
People were not happy with how May was portraying women entering politics, while others took issue with the fact that shoes were discussed during the interview instead of major issues like Brexit and education.
Theresa May on the #OneShow:
✅"Strong & Stable Leadership"
— James Bennett (@JamesBnnett) May 9, 2017
Diane Abbott and Angela Rayner get questioned forensically, yet Theresa May gets a cosy chat about her shoes. Could our media be biased?
— Ivan White (@ivanwhite48) May 10, 2017
Maybe this is adding fuel to the fire … but we should comment on May’s showstopping shoes during the interview: a pair of tasseled moccasins with short crystal-encrusted heels.
The prime minister has been attacked for her taste in shoes before, but that particular time, Twitter defended her.
May likely won’t let this criticism change the way she dresses her feet. In an interview with Vogue in March, the prime minister addressed the criticism she’d received for her expensive and high-end taste in fashion. She expressed a belief that women should be allowed to be interested in fashion and politics.
“Look, throughout my political career, people have commented on what I wear,” May told the magazine. “That’s just something that happens, and you accept that. But it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion. And I also think it’s important to be able to show that a woman can do a job like this and still be interested in clothes.”
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